Tips of the trade
Sometimes colleagues ask for advice. Here's what I tell them.
I’ve been adding new sections to this newsletter for different styles of writing: Positive Jam, for my writing on the arts and culture; En français, svp, for anything I might end up writing in French; and, as of today, To the Trade, which is where I’ll keep my writing about journalism as a craft, an industry, a slow-motion catastrophe, what have you.
I’ve already populated To The Trade with three short articles of advice to younger journalists. They’re tip sheets I wrote for participants in the Canadian Association of Journalists’ excellent mentorship program. Finding mentors used to be easier, when newsrooms were bigger. Since I didn’t study journalism formally, I got everything I know from colleagues, including older journalists who took the time to share tips. So when I’m able, I take the CAJ’s invitation to pay it forward to younger reporters.
The three short pieces I published today are discussions of technique rather than meditations on ethics, workplace politics or other worthy topics. On other days, I may indulge those loftier discussions. In the meantime, I’m not sure it’s always obvious to younger journalists how they’re supposed to execute the basics of the craft. So I sometimes think that’s where I can be most helpful, if at all.
Here are the three tip sheets:
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Later this week I’ll be sending subscribers a substantial essay about the state of our politics, followed by morning-after thoughts on the Ontario election. And maybe some other stuff too. I’m grateful, as always, for your time and attention.